Wednesday, 9 September 2009

All Africa Horticulture Congress

31 August - 3 September. Nairobi, Kenya. Organized by the International Society of Horticultural Science, the theme was "Grown Under the Sun."

The draft AAHC Resolution – Day 4 (03 Sept 2009) about an African Horticulture Forum is that:
  • Some regional forums already exist, such as the Horticulture Council of Africa (HCA) which gathers 12 countries together, Cop Horti and RadHort
  • GlobalHort agreed to facilitate the networking of these forums and strengthen them
  • Invitation to join GlobalHort to formulate a proposal for a Co-ordinated Regional Innovation Platforms on Horticulture for Africa
  • The constituencies to be involved should cover the following (but not limited to) research and development, policy, private sector, education, civil society and consumer organizations
  • NEPAD agreed to give more legitimacy to a forum on horticulture, with regional entities
The candidature of The Republic of South Africa was unanimously agreed upon to organize the next AAHC in 2012 on behalf of the Southern African Region.

AAHC Communiqué: Draft Congress Resolutions.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust was invited to this year’s TED Global – ‘where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration’. The Trust’s Director, Cary Fowler, gave an excellent talk which can be viewed hereunder:

The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring.